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SAIT - 20060519 - iStockPhoto


Published 2006


On 2006-05-19, SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Polytechnic had a Guest Speaker Day for Database Administrator and Object Oriented Software Developer classes.

Patrick Lor (Exec. V.P.) and Aaron Springer (Lead Dev.) described the company processes gave general career advice. They allowed me to videotape them, and place the footage in the public domain.

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While the original presentation (as available on Internet Archive) is just under an hour, I also created a 20 minute version for uploading to YouTube. That edit can be found at:

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Run time 57 minutes
Producer Gordon McDowell
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information gordonmcdowell@gmail.com <a href="http://Open-Source-Video.BlogSpot.Com">Open-Source-Video.BlogSpot.Com</a>

Shotlist

00:00 Introductions.
01:32 Industry Background.
03:04 Aquired by Getty Images on Feb 9th for $50 million.
06:46 800,000 images available, growing 12,000 images per week.
08:45 Take away friction from transactions. Buy images credits.
10:30 Everything live. Immediate stats, royalties when photos purchased.
13:57 Customer profiles. Uses of iStockPhoto images.
15:30 Alexa.Com tracking iStockPhoto popularity.
16:45 Technical Milestones: In 2002, sold 154,456 images, committed to LAMP.
17:47 Today's hosting requirements: Disaster recovery, high availability.
18:38 IBM servers and SAN (GPFS).
19:38 Clustered and distributed hosting. 12 web servers.
23:23 Development and operations team.
28:04 Development methodology. Pseudo extreme programming. 1 week iteration.
30:22 Code reviews. Look for mistakes, bad design decisions.
30:44 Development skills: Not about languages. Team player. Net citizen.
33:35 Development future: Committed to enterprise open source.
35:35 Web 2.0 continutes: RSS, Wiki, AJAX. Perpetual beta.
37:56 Patrick - "...Aaron has BFA from UofC ... Creativity plays key role..."
39:00 Q&A: 12 GB memory cache vs 4 GB Query cache.
40:32 Q&A: How did you organize search? How can searches be performed?
41:22 Preventing someone from resubmitting a photo downloaded from iStockPhoto.
41:53 Criteria for accepting photo submissions. Quality, legal, release.
43:15 Web 2.0 shifts some policing and feedback to consumers.
44:43 iStockPhoto community shares when they see iStockPhoto used anywhere.
45:30 Dev spend 80% programming. Important to not overwork developers.
47:13 Q&A: Company's future? Marketing strategy?
49:19 Q&A: What was last problem you had to solve? What did you do yesterday?
52:08 Q&A: What is your employee turn over?
53:35 People dress casual. Bring ideas to table. Open office.
54:38 Q&A: Who is responsible for graphic content? Interface design?
55:10 Developers and designers have lots of back and forth, collaboration.
56:20 Big yank. Tattoos. CEO Bruce Livingston has one on left forearm. Hats.
57:02 Applause.
57:07 End.

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